I resisted buying Alain de Botton's Religion for Athiests, but I bought it for someone else, started reading it and have not been able to put it down. He suggests a complete re-ordering of humanistic knowledge in a way that would actually help people.
The humanities have lost most of their credibility because they are taught badly, as he explains, in a fragmentary and disorganized way with little regard to any notions of usefulness. But of course art, poetry, music, literature and noble philosophical ideas are necessary. We can't live with unrelieved pragmatism. Ugliness makes us miserable. We need the consolations of the beautiful things humanity produces. We also need depicitions of suffering humanity to understand that we are not alone in our suffering.
Religion, or the part of it that believes in a supreme diety, is hard to sell to people who have seen the real miracles of science and business and their ability to improve our lives (but also to make them harder). So he separates out what religion can offer in our real lives without making belief compulsory.
As he says, god did not create us: we created god out of the needs of our species. He is hewing close to Catholicism as many people practice it, allowing for sin and confession and forgiveness, things the more austere Protestant denominations scorn.
I am not in complete harmony with his point of view; my mother's family experienced a much more austere Catholicism than de Botton writes about and one with many punitive aspects. But I very much respect what de Botton has to say about the need to acknowledge our frailty as humans and our need for consolation and forgiveness.